High Tech Dentistry

High Tech Dentistry

Dentistry and technology together are creating new possibilities. We can now attain new levels of care in preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry using an array of the latest technology. It is still possible to practice dentistry in an old chair with basic equipment but that is not the sort of dentistry we practice at Blockhouse Bay Dental Centre. We make use of the latest high-technology equipment and techniques to ensure that the highest quality dentistry is delivered to you in a safe, comfortable environment.

If there's a piece of equipment that will make your visit to us a little easier, rest assured we either have it or it is on order!
  • Exact Practice Management Software

Digital Radiography

Very similar to digital photography this amazing technology allows us to view and manipulate dental radiographs almost instantaneously.

The benefit to you is approximately 90% less exposure to X-ray radiation. A single small radiograph has the equivalent radiation exposure as two hours of sunshine.  Digital radiography  also enables us to communicate any problems more effectively to you, as the image appears on a large LCD screen.

It is also kinder to the environment as no waste chemicals need to be disposed of.
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E4D same day ceramic crowns


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E4D technology is an in-practice computerised dental ceramic restoration design and manufacture system that produces very long lasting, tooth coloured restorations. Research has shown this ceramic material is as durable as durable  gold and, of course, its tooth-like colouring makes it an attractive choice. One of the ceramics we use (Emax) has been described in one journal  'as the best material in the history of dentistry'.

Instead of having to take two days off work and having to be numbed up twice, you now can get your new look and comfortable assurance of lasting restorations in only one day. The new technology  allows us to prepare a tooth, scan it and design a crown, porcelain veneer, inlay or onlay especially for you which is then milled on site.
E4Dcase3 screenshot 1  1 Using the CAD/CAM software we are able to create a virtual copy of the teeth. The amazing software is then able to design the restoration. It is then sent wirelessly to our milling machine which cuts the restoration from a solid block of ceramic to an accuracy of 20microns. It is then customised and glazed by our dentists to match your teeth perfectly.

The restoration can then be seated the same day saving your precious time. Temporary restorations are no longer needed nor is a second appointment to fit the final restoration. Depending on the type of restoration time may need to be allowed ‘bake’ the restoration in our ceramic furnace after the design and milling of the restoration is complete. A typical restoration could be prepared late morning and fitted later that same afternoon.Often patients prefer to pop back the next day or so to have a separate fit appointment. You are  free to choose this option if this suits your busy schedule better.

The investment in an emax ceramic crown is around $1550.

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Soft tissue Laser

laser piccie Laser dentistry is the latest revolution in dentistry. It has made the care of teeth something it’s never been before – painless!
Lasers have now brought about a big revolution in the field of surgical dentistry. Imagine a visit to a dentist for a surgical procedure, but going through it without any scalpels, needles and stitches! At Blockhouse Bay Dental Centre you can have just that!

The diode dental laser allows us to treat many soft tissue conditions, previously only treatable by traditional  surgery. Unlike a surgical procedure, laser treatments are less invasive and yet achieve the same results.

The laser treatment is a much more comfortable alternative to the traditional procedures as it requires less anaesthesia. Also following the procedure it is much more pleasant with minimal or no discomfort.

Learn more about laser therapy.

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Intra Oral Cameras

Each of our surgeries has a miniature colour camera system that allows any problems in your mouth to be seen on a colour TV screen. If you the patient can actually see the problem, it is possible to discuss treatment options in a non-threatening way and agree on a treatment plan.

This joint diagnosis system sets Blockhouse Bay Dental Centre apart from those where patients are told what is wrong and what is going to be done about it, only then for the patient to ask the dental nurse or the receptionist what it all meant!

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The practice has been fully computerised since 1982. Exact is quite simply the best practice management software available anywhere. Its versatility allows us to integrate all aspects of your history and treatment, including the storage of your digital images on file. Basically it makes us more efficient in managing your treatment needs.

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Cavitron SPS

This is an ultrasonic scaler that is used to gently remove tartar that causes gum disease. We can also use it to irrigate gum pockets with antibacterial solutions to improve the health of the gums. It's state of the art electronics allows a very low power setting to painlessly remove tartar from those sensitive areas.

We use the ultrasonic scaler in root canal treatment (endosonics), to better clean the canals for successful root canal therapy.

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root canal technology

Advanced Endodontic Equipment

(Root Canal Treatment)

We use the latest computer wizardry to measure the length of the canal to within 0.1mm. It is then shaped by Nickel-Titanium files using a computerised motor before being filled using the state-of-the-art "Elements Obturation Unit".

What this means to you the patient, is more accurate, and therefore more successful root canal treatments.

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W&H Lisa Autoclave

This hospital grade autoclave ensures the sterility of all our instruments. A combination of steam and pressure kills ALL bacteria, viruses and spores to leave the instruments sterile. It exceeds all the current New Zealand standards for infection control. It's pre and post vacuum cycles ensure total sterilisation, even in hollow tubes for example, insides of the hand pieces. We use special pouches to maintain the sterility of the instruments after they leave the autoclave.

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ultrasonic cleaner

Ultrasonic Cleaner

All our hand instruments are placed in this ultrasonic cleaning bath. They are vibrated ultrasonically for 15 minutes. The cleaning solution removes microscopic debris from the instruments prior to their placement in the autoclave.

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This piece of equipment helps maintain our hand pieces. It cleans and lubricates them under pressure. The benefit to you is quieter, more efficient hand pieces.

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